In December, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 2019 inductees. On March 29, rock fans everywhere will witness the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction and see the newest and greatest inductees. Even more, the world-famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located right in our backyard!
Before you come visit Cleveland to experience the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for yourself, let’s learn a little bit more about this tradition. We’ll share information about the 2019 nominees, what the Hall of Fame represents, and the elite selection process for artists. [Image above is attributed to RockHall.com]
What is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a rock and roll museum in Cleveland, Ohio dedicated to all things rock. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation named the city of Cleveland home for the museum in 1985. In fact, The City That Rocks beat out heavy hitters like New York, San Francisco, Memphis, and Chicago. After ten years of construction and planning, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened its doors in September of 1995.
So what will you find in this legendary tribute to our favorite type of music? The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is home to thousands of one-of-a-kind items, including musical instruments, song lyrics, quirky stage props, and colorful costumes. All of these items are distributed throughout the many permanent and temporary exhibits.
The museum’s permanent exhibits feature film, video, interactive kiosks, reading materials, and plenty of music. Here are a list of their current museum highlights:
1. Hall of Fame – The Hall of Fame is the museum’s most important exhibit and includes panels honoring each inductee by the year. Visitors can also dive into a video history filled with behind-the-scenes clips of each inductee and induction ceremony. Come visit later this year or next to see the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction!
2. The Power of Rock Experience – If you can’t make it to the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the Power of Rock Experience is the next best thing! Get front row seats to every induction ceremony from the last 31 years in the new Connor Theater. Experience concert-quality sound, larger-than-life video screens, and fan interactivity. It’s almost like you’re there!
3. Legends of Rock – Legends of Rock is full of costumes, fashion, and artifacts from the genre’s most notable icons, including Michael Jackson, The Beatles, James Brown, and many more. Although the exhibit is more than 15 years old, it’s always evolving with new pieces of memorabilia.
In addition to these three permanent exhibits, guests can also witness many more, including British Invasion, an ode to The Beatles, Rapper’s Delight Retrospective, Cities and Sounds, an exhibit all about the booming music meccas around the country, and many others. It’s no wonder why the museum recommends at least two to three hours to get through it all!
Depending on when you visit, you might also get to catch one of the museum’s many rotating exhibits. These exhibits are temporary, so if you see something you don’t want to miss, buy your Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tickets now! Currently, one of the most popular, temporary exhibits is the Class of 2018 Exhibit, which highlights the most recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, including Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, The Cars, Dire Straits, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Stay tuned for the Class of 2019 exhibit after this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction!
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2019
Speaking of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction, let’s talk about the upcoming event. On March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, a lucky few of this year’s nominees will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The inductees are:
* The Cure
* Def Leppard
* Janet Jackson
* Stevie Nicks
* Roxy Music
* The Zombies
Tickets went on sale February 1st and range in price from $138 to more than $2,200.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction process is quite involved. First, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation’s nominating committee selects a group of artists for the performer category (there are four other categories, as well). From there, ballots are sent out to more than 1,000 music industry experts, including every living Rock Hall inductee, and the five artists that receive the most votes become that year’s induction class. Artists are only eligible for induction if it has been at least 25 years since the release of their first commercial recording.
Being nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction is a huge accomplishment for any artist, and we’re proud to be the homeland of many of these amazing artists and their memories.